Only a fool would accept the notion that time is an effect of life.
The Universe existed for about[masked] billion years before the rise
of sentient life capable of pondering such things as the universe and
time. It is totally, completely, absolutely illogical and irrational
to think that time does not exist independent of our existence.
Whatever time is, and there remains debate about this, it is clear
that it is built into the very fabric of the cosmos. If every living
creature on Earth and elsewhere in the universe, assuming there is
extraterrestrial life, were to disappear this instant, the universe
would continue on and time with it. This should be evident to anyone
who has an understanding of the physical laws of the universe and
whose brain has not been infected by the woo woo virus. This Dr.
Ockels' brain is, I think, infested with the virus
is a creation of life in response to gravity. This has am
immediate implication. That our time is a creation of our
life. Our time is created by our life in response to our
makes all kinds of wild and wacky assertions. But offers to evidence
to demonstrate the truth of these claims.
makes the claim that we think our time is the center of everything.
Who is this we? Certainly scientists make no such claims. He pulled this out of his asshole.
even gets his facts wrong. "We even say that 13.6 billion years
ago the whole universe started." No, we say that 13.7 billion
years ago the universe started.
different life with a different gravity can generate a different
Where's the evidence for this claim. It is true that the
rate at which time flows will vary depending upon your rate of
acceleration. But this rate goes completely unnoticed and has no
consequences for or effects on us unless you are actually moving at
an acceleration very close to the speed of light. There aren't any
planets that we know of traveling more than a small fraction of the
speed of light. And the laws of physics as we understand them pretty
much restrict plants to speeds no more than a tiny fraction of the
speed of light.
talks about people sitting in their seats and while sitting there
they don't move. He contrasts this with being in space and says that in space you always move when a force is applied
to you. Well when you are sitting in your seat on earth you'll move if someone or something applies a force of sufficient magnitude to overcome your inertia. In addition, you are moving while sitting in your seat. This
damn idiot completely ignores the fact that the earth is moving. As a
body on its surface you are moving with it. The detection of motion
is all relative to a frame of reference. Sitting in my seat it feels
that I am at rest. But to an observer in a frame of reference in
which you are outside the earth and able to observe its motion, you
would know that everything on the surface of that planet is moving around the Sun at an average orbital velocity of 107,200 km/h.
talks about some experiment where he blindfolded one of his fellow
astronauts, gave him a twirl and then asked him to point at the
ceiling. He failed. He then says, but without providing any evidence
from a similar experiment conducted here on Earth, that on Earth you
can point to the ceiling. I doubt this, provided that the blindfold
is a perfect seal and the experiment is set up to eliminate any
possible environmental cues to where the ceiling might be.
this he draws the conclusion that it is not space that is unique
(which of course is not a claim that science makes) but rather Earth
that is unique. (Well it may well be but his little demonstration
certainly doesn't establish this and if it is unique it would likely
be because of its combination of physical, chemical, biological
traits and characteristics and not because of this nonsense about
time that he postulates.
talks about speed of light and Einstein. Sprinkle in some actual
science talk and you can make the nonsense sound like its scientific
to the mind that does not detect that no actuall connection has been
made between the science talked about and the woo woo hypothesis offered.
This is just a variation of Deepak Chopra deepities.
says he talks as a physicist and as a philosopher. Then he says that
what he is saying sounds strange from a physics perspective but is
not all that strange from a philosphical perspective. Bullshit. What
he says is both bad physics and bad philosophy.
says "You can do experiments and show it that we make time";
he says the making of time is due to some program in our brain. But
does he offer a reference or citation to any of these experiments and
the published research from them? Does he even describe any of these
the real thing that we need to do is get physics onboard. Because the
physicists still believe that time is universal; that time is
something outside. If we all die time is still there." Well of
course they do. Do you think this clown offers any evidence that this
is not the case? Does he offer any good reason why scientists should
adopt his hypothesis and abandon the current understanding of time?
No. Not one iota of evidence. Not one logical argument supported by
research, experimentally-derived data. Hell, he doesn't even offer any research or data from an experiment that tests the hypothesis he
offered at the start of his talk.
daring conclusions: (As shown on the slides accompanying his talk)
The speed of light is ours. The speed of light is contant because of
The Big Bang is an illusion...dark matter and energy is just what we
Unification of quantum theory Q(t) and gravitational theory G(t): by
substitution T(g) one gets Q(g). (sprinkle in some science and
equations and you fool a lot of people into thinking you've said
something profoundly true.)
This is all nonsense offered as fact without a scrap of evidence to support it. Although the latter part of Daring conclusion #2 is technically true.
"Time is not
independent of gravity. We make it. Time is in fact a function
of gravity. So why not substitute that into all the formulas of
Quantum physics. And what you end up, is you eliminate time. Suddenly you have a formalism in which you have quantum physics
expressed in gravity."
This is a mishmash of mumble jumbo and outright idiocy. There is no evidence that time is a function of gravity.
he published this hypothesis and any experimentally-derived research
on this hypothesis in a peer-reviewed scientific journal? Why is he
bringing this to a general-audience public forum like TED before
presenting it to the scientific community, the theoretical physicists
in particular, to examine, debate and judge?
the most important conclusion is that if we are managing to get out
of this chronocentrism, if we get beyond this part of the enigma,
then we might see extraterrestrial life."
More craziness. This guy left a boatload of his marbles in space during his trip aboard the space shuttle. He seems to have had some kind of mystical epiphany that led him to this absurd hypothesis of he said would change the lives of everyone there. My thought was, "You buffoon. That is 20 minutes of my life I'll never get back." The only thing that changed in my life after listening to this batshit crazy idea was my previously held assumption that no one could top Deepak Chopra for utterning absurdities. I was wrong.
AD, Ptolemy: geocentric
1900 we learned that the speed of light is constant (and that)put time in the
now I'm inviting you to lose chronocentrism... Throw away this time
reference and start thinking and imagining what could happen."
He's inviting everyone to join him in lala land; to take a journey to the Kingdom of Woo Woo. The cost to take this journey? A complete abandonment of your critical thinking faculties and of reason. Welcome to the Twilight Zone.
think its time to put in a disclaimer. I could be wrong. I could be
totally wrong. But wouldn't it be sad. Wouldn't it be really sad. Can
you imagine that with this new thinking thousands of young people
can use their brain and imagination to work the formulas out.
Hundreds of technicians could work out new technologies, new
instruments, new telescopes, new computers, whatever you can find.
And, then suddenly with all this investment which we put together
globally, we have set up this large experiment where the press will
sit, where scientists will sit, like in a mission control room, a big
screen and in front of the big screen you have the principle
investigator looking at the screen and turning on the experiment of
humanity. And he looks at the screen (Oh Boy! Peering through his
crystal ball he is going to tell us what is going to happen. Great
experiment when you already know what is going to happen.) and then
he's going to see for the very first time signals of the external
intelligence.Suddenly realizing that this whole universe is vastly
filled with life. Suddenly realizing that there's a new hope for
humanity beyond the boundaries of the Earth. (All this and we haven't
done the experiment yet? WOW! AMAZING!) Suddenly putting everything
we had before in a different perspective. Wouldn't that be wonderful?
Wouldn't that be really wonderful? Wouldn't that be wonderful?
then the audience applauds. They should have instead been shouting this moron off the
stage. They should have been mocking and ridiculing him. They should have all broken out in a loud collective burst of laughter, while pointing their fingers at him in a mocking fashion.
From this hypothesis alone he has built for us a whole new improved
world and we don't even know yet if the hypothesis is correct. This
is truly amazing stuff (head on table, facepalm, exasperation).